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Frances Bragdon West Autograph Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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West, Frances Bragdon

Frances Bragdon West was the wife of Louis C. West, first curator of numismatics at Princeton University Library.

The collection consists primarily of letters and autographs of authors, poets, critics, politicians, clergy, musicians, scientists, and other prominent personlities, as well as letters of friends and family, collected by Frances Bragdon West. The material includes complete letters on a wide variety of subjects, as well as autographs clipped from letters. Included are the autographs of Eleanor Hallowell-Abbott, Rex Beach, Ellis Parker Butler, Mary Hartwell Catherwood, William E. Curtis, Booker T. Washington (and his endorsement on a canceled bank check), Bernard Faÿ, William Channing Gannett, Leopold Godowski (with his photograph), Edward E. Hale, Eliza Calvert Hall, Elbert Hubbard, Henrik Ibsen, Samuel Ellsworth Kiser, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Lucy Rider Meyer, Emily Huntington Miller, Helena Modjeska, Wilbur D. Nesbit, Thomas Nelson Page, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Frances F. Cleveland Preston, Howard Pyle, Ira Remsen, Frederick A. Stock, Lorado Taft, U.S. President William Taft, and Ida M. Tarbell. Also included are two letters of Frances E. Willard, the women's suffragist.

Additionally, there is an autograph album, bearing the ownership signature of Sarah Frances Bragdon, that contains signatures written directly on the blank pages or clipped autographs that are pasted in. It is covered in a calf binding.

The letters and autographs are arranged alphabetically, followed by the autograph album.

Gift of Louis C. West on February 3, 1962.

AM 19131.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Autographs: A-E, 1894-1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Autographs: F-I, 1904-1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Autographs: J-L, 1903-1911. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Autographs: M-R, 1873-1913. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Autographs: S-Z, 1896-1935. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Autograph Book, 1896-1904. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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